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May Birthstone Jewelry

About May Birthstone Jewelry

Emerald, the star of May birthstone jewelry, is a lush shade of green that appeals to women born every month of the year. A symbol of rebirth or new beginnings and ascribed with mystical powers, this gemstone was the favorite of Cleopatra. Emerald green has always been a popular color in vintage costume jewelry. Here you will find a unique selection of emerald necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings, and clips from Europe and North America. This elegant and classy hue suits all color palettes and fashion personalities.

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  • Emerald & diamante 1940s McClelland Barclay brooch
    USD$295.00

    Emerald & Diamanté Circle Brooch by McClelland Barclay

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    This vintage emerald brooch, designed by McClelland Barclay, has two layers. On the bottom is a curved, rhodium-plated base with a pin and roll-over safety clasp. The top layer has faceted, emerald-cut emerald-glass stones, emerald-glass baguettes, and diamanté accents, all set in a spiraling rhodium-plated frame. As with all of this designer’s creations, this 1940s piece  is well-constructed with a hefty weight. I’ve shown this jewel positioned in different ways, so you can choose which you prefer. Note that the Barclay’s name rather than the maker’s is stamped on this jewel.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage brooch with diamantes & emeralds
    Vintage brooch worn at an angle
    USD$395.00

    Emerald & Diamanté Double Clip Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    This vintage brooch from Hattie Carnegie’s New York fashion house is both beautiful and practical. It has two hearts formed from three layers of diamantés topped with large, round, faceted emerald-glass stones. The setting is rhodium-plated, and the color combination is striking. The layers make this piece very three-dimensional and sparkly. Wear this jewel as a brooch (at different angles, as shown) or as two separate dress clips. The photos show a third option: one clip worn as a pendant on a sterling silver chain (which is not included). A white-gold one would also work well. Or pin the brooch horizontally on a velvet ribbon. How’s that for a three-in-one jewel!
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Gold ribbon brooch w/jeweled flower
    Close-up view of emerald glass & diamante flower
    USD$195.00

    Emerald & Diamanté Gold Ribbon Brooch

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    This gold ribbon brooch is a triple-loop horizontal bow adorned with a row of diamantés at each end. A flower cupped in the same vermeil sterling sits on top. It has a diamanté center and petals of baguettes alternating with teardrop-shaped emerald-glass stones. This Retro Modern piece was designed by Adolph Katz for CoroCraft, Coro’s high-end line of costume jewelry. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Some spotting on gold-plating; any bright color variations in metal are only camera reflections.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Sunburst earrings in emerald glass & diamantes
    1950s Hattie Carnegie earrings
    USD$295.00

    Emerald & Diamanté Sunburst Earrings by Hattie Carnegie

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    These sunburst earrings from the fashion house of Hattie Carnegie have emerald-glass baguettes emanating from a pavé center. The setting is rhodium-plated. These elegant 1950s ear clips never go out of style and always look gorgeous wherever they’re worn. I got to see them sparkle on a model who walked the runway at a recent fashion show. Scroll down to see a dress clip to wear with these lovely jewels.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Boucher brooch in gold w/pavé & emerald glass stones
    Close-up view of embellishments
    USD$295.00

    Emerald & Pavé Vermeil Bow Boucher Brooch

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    This Boucher brooch from 1950 is a fine example of this maker’s design flair. A gold-plated open-work bow is embellished with diamantés and emerald glass stones. The curled edges with pavé and square-cut, faceted green stones that form the knot showcase his attention to detail. This jewel closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see the same design with sapphires.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Miriam Haskell earrings with green-glass beads & rondelles
    Emerald-glass bead chandelier earrings by Miriam Haskell
    USD$295.00

    Emerald Bead & Rondelle Chandelier Earrings by Miriam Haskell

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    These Miriam Haskell earrings feature three emerald-glass balls dangling from clear-glass tubes with rondelles at the center of blue-green glass beads. In typical Haskell fashion, the bluish-emerald-glass bead at the top is surrounded by a circle of tiny clear-glass beads, and the dangling emerald beads have clear-glass tips. These all-original earrings have adjustable screw-backs (the combination screw and lever) and are signed. Great color and great movement!
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Emerald bead earrings with dangles
    Emerald bead pendant earrings
    USD$245.00

    Emerald Bead Pendant Earrings

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    These emerald bead earrings from the early-1930s are Czech in origin. An emerald-glass stone in a silver-tone setting sits at the earlobe. The chain that connects the top and the faceted, round glass ball pendant has a lantern-shaped bead in the middle. The color of the beads is a pale shade of emerald green (without a bluish tint). These all-original screw-back earrings can be modified for pierced ears. Earrings like these never go out of style! An elegant accessory for day or evening wear. Scroll down to see an Art Deco bracelet to complete your ensemble.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • 1920s brooch with emerald-glass & crystal stones in sterling filigree
    Center stone in 1920s Ostby & Barton brooch
    USD$295.00

    Emerald, Crystal & Sterling Filigree Brooch by Ostby & Barton

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    This 1920s brooch has a large, faceted, cushion-cut emerald-glass stone in the center, with a pair of faceted, triangular emerald-glass and crystal stones at each end. The settings are sterling silver mounted atop a filigree base. This classy and classic Art Deco piece is by Ostby & Barton, a company well-regarded today for their work in precious metals and precious/semi-precious stones. The high-level of their craftsmanship shows in this piece, which closes with a roll-over clasp. Think outside the box and wear this jewel as a pendant on a chain. Scroll down to see a selection of Art Deco jewels to wear with this beautiful bar brooch.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Gold plated brooch w/emerald & diamanté flower
    Close-up view of center flower
    USD$225.00

    Emerald, Diamanté & Gold Bow Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    This gold-plated brooch from the 1940s has pavé-trimmed, ribbon loops tied in bows. On top sits a flower with petals of emerald-glass baguettes and a round diamanté center. A silver-tone metal cup holds the flower, which is attached to the base with a screw. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Mazer Bros.’ use of high-quality materials and techniques is evident in this piece. With its gold-tone metal and green stones, this brooch is perfect for a woman who likes to wear warm colors. Scroll down to see a version in cool colors: an all diamanté base topped with a sapphire flower.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Vintage emerald earrings by Schreiner
    1950s Schreiner ear clips w/emeralds
    USD$295.00

    Emerald, Diamanté & Pearl Schreiner Earrings

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    These vintage emerald earrings by Schreiner are striking in design and color, with lush emerald-glass stones accented with faux pearls and diamantés. Though unsigned, these 1950s ear clips show all of the characteristics of Schreiner pieces. They have high-quality stones in dog-tooth settings with donut-hole ear clips. The emeralds even have inclusions! These silver-tone earrings are stunning for any occasion. They face each other, so they frame your face and make whatever you’re wearing look even more special. This pair sparkled on the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage emerald bracelet in rose-gold.
    Front of 1940s Adolph Katz bracelet
    USD$345.00

    Emerald, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling Bracelet

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    This vintage emerald bracelet has faceted, oval emerald-glass stones set in rose-gold-plated sterling silver and accented with pavé scroll links. The color combination is rich and timeless. Designed in the Retro Modern style by Adolph Katz for Coro’s high-end line, this graceful piece has a fold-over clasp with safety chain. A lovely and versatile addition to anyone's jewelry wardrobe.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Vintage lapel pin w/faux emeralds & diamantés in sterling
    Close-up view of emerald glass baguettes
    USD$295.00

    Emerald, Diamanté & Sterling Dress Clip

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    This vintage lapel pin is beautiful in design and construction, and wearable in many ways. It has faceted emerald-cut and round emerald-glass stones, in sharp contrast to the diamantés and rhodium-plated sterling silver setting. This color combination is rich and versatile. You can wear this jewel on the shoulder or lapel of a jacket, on the shoulder of a dress or sweater, or on a hat or a scarf. The hinged, double-prong fastener works best on weighty fabrics. Although this piece is marked, I cannot identify the maker. The design and use of sterling make me think it’s from the mid-1940s. But I don’t think these details matter – this clip is stunning!
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage silver filigree bracelet with emerald & diamante
    Classic 1920s sterling filigree bracelet
    USD$395.00

    Emerald, Diamanté & Sterling Filigree Bracelet

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    This vintage silver filigree bracelet has sterling links. Seven of the center ones are adorned with alternating emerald-glass stones and diamantés. The construction of and clasp on this 1920s classic are the same as those of filigree bracelets fashioned from precious metals in that decade. Scroll down to see additional Art Deco pieces to wear with this beautiful jewel.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Coro bouquet brooch w/emeralds & diamantés in vermeil sterling
    Brooch as positioned in 'Vogue' ad
    USD$195.00

    Emerald, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling Coro Bouquet Brooch

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    This Coro bouquet brooch is another beautiful Retro Modern design by Adolf Katz for Coro’s high-end line. This jewel features a gold-washed-sterling silver wide furled ribbon. It has one edge trimmed in diamantés and emerald-glass baguettes at the center of the curl. A cut in the ribbon holds four baguette-lined stems with faceted, oval, foil-backed emerald-glass flowers with diamanté accents. This piece has a complex construction, as illustrated by the rivets that bind the elements. The pin fastens with a roll-over safety clasp. This brooch was included in an ad in the August 1, 1944 issue of Vogue that featured Coro-Craft “Masterpieces of Fashion Jewelry”. The first image shows the brooch as it is positioned in the technical drawing for the design patent; the second shows it as positioned in the ad. You decide how to wear it!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Flower bouquet brooches in sterling by Otis
    Otis sterling brooch with sapphire, ruby, amethyst & emerald flowers
    USD$195.00

    Gemstone & Sterling Flower Bouquet Brooches by Otis

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    These flower bouquet brooches from the 1940s have deep-colored-glass petals with diamanté centers and accents. The stems and settings are sterling silver. The brooch on the left features sapphire, ruby, amethyst, and emerald glass flowers; the one on the right is all emerald. Delicate and well-made by Otis, these brooches can be worn separately (e.g., on either side of a collar) or as a pair with great effect. These pieces were advertised in the 1949 catalog of George T. Brodnax Jewelry Co., a mail-order company located in Memphis, Tennessee.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Vintage pearl brooch w/emerald glass beads
    Close-up view of one end
    USD$395.00

    Pearl Brooch with Emerald Beads

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    This vintage pearl brooch was made in France in the 1950s. It has faux pearls and emerald-glass beads in various shapes and sizes, all hand-wired onto a gilt-metal filigree back with a trombone clasp. This unusual three-dimensional creation reminds me of the work of Louis Rousselet. Although I haven't seen documentation showing any brooches by this company, the high quality of the pearls and beads suggest that these parts (if not the design and production) came from the Rousselet workshops. This spectacular piece is right for day or evening wear. Although the back of one pearl is peeling, this tiny blemish doesn't diminish the beauty of this jewel. For a unique look, how about wearing this piece as a wedding accessory – on the bride's gown or in her hair? Scroll down to see French pearl earrings from the same period and possibly the same maker.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00